In a Spotify world more fixated on Lady Gaga’s teal wigs and Rihanna’s pole dancing, it’s good to see that some artists still believe that music can do some good in the world besides just create a diversion. But then could you expect anything less from the man who penned "We Can Change the World" back in 1971?
Graham Nash, along with David Crosby and Stephen Stills, will perform as part of Crosby, Stills & Nash on a bill that also contains other musician activists like Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Jason Mraz, The Doobie Brothers, Tom Morello, John Hall, Kitaro, Jonathan Wilson, and Sweet Honey in the Rock at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California, the place where Neil Young holds his annual Bridge School benefit concert. Proceeds from the concert will be distributed to Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) to support Japan disaster relief efforts, and organizations worldwide working to promote safe, alternative, non-nuclear energy.
This benefit has been planned since shortly after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that triggered multiple meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan; the decision was made to coordinate a benefit. Shoreline Amphitheatre was chosen because of its close proximity to the Pacific Rim, Northern California’s history and deep association with Japan—and because nuclear reactors on the California coast store spent fuel rods in the same manner as at Fukushima.
“The MUSE concert will not only be a great show, it will hopefully entice the public to become better informed of the tremendous dangers of nuclear power,” says Graham Nash. “We have to keep real and true information flowing so that people can act on it.”
The show begins at 3pm. Children 10 and under will be admitted free on the lawn with an adult ticket. Reserved seats are $99.50, $50.00, and $35.00 and general admission lawn tickets are $19.50, plus applicable charges at Live Nation or through Ticketmaster.
As for the status of CS&N’s much talked about Rick Rubin-produced covers album, it still hasn’t seen the light of day. "They're still working on it," confides their rep. In the meantime, Nash just finished up a lecture at the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock Texas this past Sunday, giving a talk called "Taking Aim: Unforgettable Rock ’n’ Roll Photographs Selected by Graham Nash," right on the heels of contributing a folk rock version of Holly’s “Raining In My Heart” for the recent Buddy Holly tribute album Rave On. Given that he named his Brit Invasion band The Hollies after the iconic musician, we shouldn’t have been surprised that he visited the gravesite of Charles Hardin “Buddy” Holly at the City of Lubbock Cemetery.
“I’ve been in Lubbock two times. The first time, I left a guitar pick at Buddy’s grave,” he told The Lubbock Avalanch-Journal. "This time, I left my heart. It really affected me emotionally."